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Submission Number
63
Participant
Anonymous
Submission date

3 Reasons to proceed very carefully ( or not at all ) with a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament.
1 : ATSIC was a disaster
2 : There are Federal and State Departments of Aboriginal Affairs already . Perhaps they need to work more , or better .... but they are there.
3 : Potential Divisiveness. Just imagine if a special Islamic , Chinese or Hindu Voice to Parliament was suggested.
My guess is that such a suggestion would be ridiculed.
But what is the difference between such an option and the " Indigenous Voice " ? Not a lot , really.
So, if you are seeking to build a unified country ( not a bad goal when we see what has happened in USA ) , then great care
should be taken in giving a "constitutional voice " to 3.3 % of the population.

My 44 years in medical practice has suggested to me that until we can have more Aboriginal children growing up in safe , nurturing , healthy
educational ,caring families and environments ( preferably with 2 committed parents ), then the chances of closing any gap are essentially nil.
My sincere wish is that the Aboriginal "industry " puts Aboriginal Child Health and Welfare as THE top priority. By doing so , and encouraging
some respect for parents , teachers , elders ,themselves and yes ...... even the law , ...... you might eventually see some reduction in rates of offending and incarceration.

All this other stuff is a distraction ...... a big distraction , a costly distraction ........ from what should be the main game.